More venues for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo could be moved outside the host city for cost-cutting reasons, further undermining the original plan for compact Games, according to Japanese news reports on Wednesday.
The reports said that a panel set up by new Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike is ready to propose moving venues for sports including swimming, volleyball and rowing elsewhere.
Rowing and canoeing could be moved more than 400 kilometres away from Tokyo to an existing venue in Tome, instead of building a new rowing centre in Tokyo for some 490 million dollars.
The proposals are to be made public at a meeting on Thursday, and any changes would have to be approved by the respective sports federations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Tokyo was elected 2020 host city by the IOC in 2013, pledging compact Games with 28 of the 31 venues within eight kilometres of the athletes' village.
But since then various venues and sports have been moved, including cycling which is now to take place almost 150km away in Izu.
Tokyo organizers have been hit by various problems over the past years.
Rising costs forced them to fully revise plans for the Olympic Stadium; the original Tokyo 2020 logo was withdrawn over accusations its designer copied it; and French authorities are investigating bribery accusations during the bid process.
In addition, the move of the famous Tsukiji fish market has been delayed, raising doubts about the construction of roads between the city centre and the Olympic village.
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